What is the Fastest VPN?

The results are in. Hotspot Shield is the fastest Virtual Private Network (VPN)

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VPN Download Speeds Compared in Mb/s

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Speed tests prove Hotspot Shield is the fastest VPN

In a June 2018 study done by The Independent IT-Security Institute AV-Test GmbH, Hotspot Shield was the fastest Virtual Private Network (VPN). If speed matters to you when you’re watching streaming content, downloading/uploading files or just browsing your favorite websites, then we should be your first choice for VPN privacy and security protection.

The easiest way to compare VPN speed is the download speed test. This test shows how we compare to other services when downloading things like webpages, files, and pictures. As you can see, Hotspot Shield is more than twice as fast as the next closest competitor.


We believe in quality

Although we performed very well in these tests, we’re constantly upgrading our servers, software, and network connections to give you the best possible VPN experience. But don’t take our word for it, give it a try for yourself.

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What do you mean when you say “the fastest VPN”?

There are a few different ways to measure VPN speed. If a VPN claims that it’s the fastest service, it may be referring to only one category or it may not have any data to support that claim at all. Here is how we placed in each of the 4 VPN speed categories.

  • Streaming speed

    This test shows how fast you're able to download streaming content like YouTube videos or Google Play podcasts, measured in kilobytes per second. We had the highest streaming data rate, which means you’ll have the best possible streaming experience, when using Hotspot Shield VPN.

  • Upload speed

    Again, we ranked #1 when it came to upload speed. This means that you won’t have to wait as long to transfer your files to services like iCloud or Google Drive.

  • Torrent download speed

    Many people use a VPN to hide their identity when using P2P services, so the AV-Test study specifically tested for this scenario. According to the results of this test, we were about 20% faster than the closest competitor.

Frequently asked questions about VPN speed

How do I make my VPN faster?

The manual process for setting up a VPN will vary depending on your operating system. Generally speaking, however, you can expect to:

  • 01  ›  Switch service providers - If you're not using Hotspot Shield VPN and you're having issues with a slow connection, then your solution may be as simple as switching your VPN provider. Click here to try Hotspot Shield VPN and compare it to the VPN you're using now.

  • 02  ›  Change servers - The individual VPN server that you're connected to may be experiencing an unusually high load or may have a temporary technical issue. Simply disconnecting and reconnecting can connect you to another server. You may also be able to manually choose which server you connect to, depending on which VPN service you use.

  • 03  ›  Use a wired connection - If you're connected to the internet via a wireless connection, then there may be interference between you and your wireless router. Switching to a wired connection could solve your speed issues.

  • 04  ›  Switch devices - Older devices or mobile devices with less processing power may not be able to handle the additional load of a VPN connection. Move to a more powerful device and see if that solves your problem.

  • 05  ›  Restart your modem and/or router - Just like restarting your computer, rebooting your modem and router can give your internet connection the fresh start that it needs to operate at full speed again.

Does a VPN slow down your internet?

A VPN does slow down your internet connection speed because there is an extra step involved when you connect to the internet via a VPN server. It is a small price to pay for the extra privacy and security protection that a VPN connection provides. However, if you’re using a high-speed VPN service, the decrease in speed can be so small that you may not even notice it.

Is the fastest VPN always the best?

Not always. You also have to consider the ease-of-use and security of a VPN solution. A VPN provider could use a minimal amount of data encryption, or no encryption at all, and have a screaming-fast VPN service. But the information that you transmit over that connection would be at risk.

The trick is to find the ideal balance between security and speed. Our solution to this problem was to create our own proprietary VPN protocol called Catapult Hydra. It solves many of the latency issues that we noticed with the IPsec and OpenVPN protocols that we used to use. This protocol is also very secure, which showed in our best-in-study results in the areas of privacy and security.

You also have to consider how easy it is to use a VPN solution. After all, it’s something that you’ll probably be using on a daily basis, and you don’t want it to slow you down. Other companies can require as many as 13 steps to install their software. If it takes that many steps just to install their software, imagine how difficult it must to be to actually use their software. Our software only requires 2 steps to install and the study ranked us as one of the easiest to use VPN solutions overall.

Give it a try right now and experience the difference.


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